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Release Date: Apr 29, 2016

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July 7

SONAR 2017.06 - (Update 2) Is now Available!

This month's release of SONAR had a few issues and we'd like to let you all know that there is now an updated version of the 2017.06 release. This update includes several fixes related to Quick Grouping, an issue with DPI recognition, and a possible crash with comping.

Fixed in 2017.06 build 24
• Quick Group color or ProChannel not working as expected
• Using Speed Comping could cause a crash when picking a section
• SONAR could display abnormally on some TV displays

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June 23

SONAR 2017.06 - Is now Available!

This month’s release brings new features along with fixes & enhancements to many key elements of SONAR.

Comping with Melodyne clips

Creating the perfect take just got better in SONAR. It is now possible to comp with clips that use Melodyne as well as any other type of Region FX. You can use Melodyne, Drum Replacer, VocalSync and go about comping as you normally would by swiping sections. To use a Region FX, select a section and use the Region FX menu or right-click the clip to use Melodyne or another Region FX.

Improved Touch Zooming & Scrolling

Zooming into a particular point using touch in SONAR is better than ever before. The 2017.06 update has improved detection of touch points making it smoother and more accurate. Previously zooming with Touch could cause tracks and clips to feel like they were moving away or scrolling unexpectedly. This now feels fluid and much more natural. Touch Zooming now also has improved anchoring of the touch position so making a desired track larger or zooming into a specific drum hit is reliable, intuitive and feels very precise. These enhancements are both available in the Track view and Piano Roll view.

Improved Project Handling

When creating a new project using the Start Screen “Create Project” or Ctrl + N, SONAR will now help store the project into a folder and keeps better management of all the audio files associated when it is saved. This also improves the behavior of “Save As” and “Save As Copy” When using the same location as the current project to save a revision, SONAR knows this is the original location and will save the revision without creating an additional folder. If you choose a new location for the project, SONAR will place the project in a folder and its associated audio files into the folder when the “Copy all audio with project” is checked. This only effects project files, the behavior for templates, bundles, and MIDI files is unchanged.

Virtual Controller / Keyboard access

The Virtual Controller has now been separated into two view menu items: Computer Keyboard (Alt+0) and Piano Keyboard (ALT+SHIFT+0 ). You can now access either mode directly via menu commands and keyboard shortcuts. Opening of one these and saving will now also save with the project. In addition, when the Virtual Controller Computer Keyboard is open, it no longer blocks R (Record), Delete, or shortcuts that use a modifier. This allows you to open views, access menus, and use any multi-key shortcut such as CTRL+S for Save, CTRL+Z for Undo and CTRL+SHIFT+Z for Redo, etc.

Velocity change audition in the Piano Roll view Controller pane

You can choose to audition changes in MIDI Note velocity as you make them. This has previously only been available in the Piano Roll view Note pane, and is now also available in the Controller pane.
To enable velocity audition, go to Edit > Preferences > Customization - Editing and select Velocity Audition.

30th Anniversary Modulator FX Chains

These 30 FX Chains are based around the Sonitus Modulator, which does flanging, chorusing, tremolo, and as you’ll find out from these presets... a lot more.

Tech + Music

This month's issue covers the latest SONAR 2017.06 update, interviews Act of Defiance guitarist Chris Broderick, reviews the A|A|S Modeling Collection, offers a baker's dozen of Mix Recall Tips, and much more.

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Fixes and Enhancements

• Start Screen didn’t have a valid digital signature in SONAR 2017.06 EA
• Resolved an issue where Youtube Publisher would not log in to Youtube
• Resolved an issue with excluded Plug-ins showing up in plug-in list
• Assigning a MIDI Remote Control will now save with project
• Using Remote Control to activate a send would appear activated but not function
• Virtual Controller display mode button could overlap octave display on some systems
• Virtual Controller no longer blocks shortcuts for Record / Delete / Views
• MultiDock corner were cut off when scaling DPI settings in windows
• Transparency for the Control Bar Now Slider now displays properly when creating a custom theme
• Create a new project from the start screen using Ctrl+N
• Deprecated the Read Me from installer and README.RTF from Help Menu. Similar topics will now be shared in the Knowledge Base going forward:

• SONAR could crash using the RealTek ASIO HD as my Playback Timing Master
• Step sequencer "New Value Type" parameter selection could cause SONAR to appear hung

Track View
• The hit zones for some controls could get misaligned causing track number selection to not work as expected
• Creating automation for the ProChannel on a Bus could inadvertently turn on other Buses ProChannel modules
• Resolved a situation where take lanes could become uneditable or corrupted
• Splitting clips on take lanes could fail under certain conditions
• Track with automation could get automatically deselected after Ripple Editing a selection
• Unfreezing a track after ripple editing could remove data on the track
• Ripple Edit Selection could cause unexpected cropping on MIDI tracks
• Resolved an issue when Ripple Pasting with single track could pastes to the wrong track
• Drag and dropping a clip to an empty lane could drops clip the wrong lane
• Undo properly restores Markers after using Process | Slide
• Muted Region FX clips now display like other muted clips
• Folder preview highlighting no longer behaves unexpectedly after performing a Select All (Ctrl+A)

Piano Roll View
• Resolved an issue when adjusting Velocity could cause stuck notes
• Smart Swipe + Scrolling of controls in the Piano Roll view has been improved
• Improved redrawing of Controller Pane Velocity with Pen
• Using Pen to adjust Velocity no longer causes notes to move unexpectedly

• "Share Devices with other programs" option is has been renamed to better convey what this setting does. It is now called “Suspend Audio Engine When SONAR is Not in Focus”
• RU: Preferences > Project > MIDI > Frame Rate drop down had offset & overlapping text

3rd Party
• VST2 and VST3 plug-ins that use sample position to playback data now stay in sync better with SONAR
• Using Melodyne in the FX Rack will now recognize loop points in SONAR and stay in sync
• Using Melodyne VST2 or VST3 in the FX Rack previously didn’t get the right sample position and could cause SONAR to not stay in sync when adjusting the timeline position of the NowTime.

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“Very efficient, cutting-edge Windows DAW”
8/10 – MusicTechMag

“Although more in line as an advance on X3, this new flavor of SONAR achieves performance and capabilities that parallel any of its competitors.”

“SONAR remains a winner, very much in the top tier of Windows-compatible DAWs”
4.5/5 – MusicRadar


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About This Software

SONAR Professional and Platinum on STEAM are tailored for aspiring musicians, content creators and game sound designers. The program includes features like unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, VST3 support, virtual instruments, effects, editing and mixing tools, step sequencer, Matrix View, and much more.

2017 Season Passes
2017 pass holders enjoy Cakewalk's rolling updates to 12/31/17. After that time you can keep and use SONAR forever. Continued updates will be available via 2018 season passes.

SONAR Core Features:

  • Unlimited Simultaneous I/O
  • Unlimited Audio Tracks
  • Unlimited MIDI Tracks
  • Unlimited Sends/Buses
  • 384kHz Maximum Sample Rate
  • 64-Bit Maximum Bit Depth
  • 64-Bit Internal Mix Engine Resolution
  • VST 2.4 32/64-Bit Support
  • VST3 32/64-Bit Support
  • ARA Support
  • ReWire 32/64-Bit Support
  • Groove Clip Support (follow tempo & Pitch)
  • Windows 7/8/10 support
  • Windows 8/10 Multi-touch support
  • Project Tutorials
  • Mixing and Mastering Templates

Supported Formats:

  • Wave and Broadcast Wave (time stamped)
  • WMA, WAV, W64, ASF
  • FLAC
  • OGG, RF64
  • MP3
  • WAV RIFF, ACID, Rex, Rex2, Rex64
  • AVI, QT, MPEG video import/export
  • Dithering options on export
  • SoundCloud integration
  • MusicXML Export
  • 32/64-Bit VST3 support
  • 32/64-bit VST2, VSTi and DXi support
  • Bit Bridge (allows 32-bit plug-ins in 64-bit mixing environment)
  • PNG Track Icon support

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7, 8, or 10 (32- or 64-bit)
    • Processor: 2.6GHz Intel or AMD multi-core processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1280x800 (1920 x 1080+ recommended)
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: WDM/KS, WASAPI, or MME compatible device
    • Additional Notes: Connection required for downloads, activation, and publishing features.
    • Storage: 30 GB available space
    • Sound Card: ASIO compatible
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